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Charles Fitzgerald suspects IBM is going to regret not acquiring Sun, and letting Oracle do so instead. "They regretted giving Microsoft control of the software crown jewels for the PC; they may face similar situation now on the server." Fitzgerald knows whereof he speaks, having been Microsoft's former general manager of platform strategy until early last year. Writing in his "Platformnomics" blog, Fitzgerald declares that "this isn't a merger of equals. It is the end of Sun. Only Oracle survives." His analysis is that Sun's hardware business will get "flipped to HP, Fujitsu, an Asian up-and-comer or someone else" and that there will be "Serious layoffs ahead at Sun regardless of how it plays out for Oracle." Read his blog in full here. ... (more)

9th International Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley – Photo Album

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer 9th International Cloud Expo, held on November 7 - 10, 2011, in Santa Clara, CA, attracted more than 120 sponsors and exhibitors with over 7,500 registered delegates and four content-packed days with a rich array of sessions about the business and technical value of cloud computing led by exceptional speakers from every sector of the cloud computing ecosystem. The Cloud Expo series is the fastest-growing Enterprise IT event in the past 10 years, devoted to every aspect of delivering massively scalable enterprise IT as a service. We invite you to enjoy here our photo album of the show...we'll be adding new images all week.   \ ... (more)

Realizing the Benefits of Virtualization and Cloud Computing

"We've done some pretty deep analysis here looking at deploying on-premises or with the different cloud providers," stated Lawrence Guillory, CEO of Racemi, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "We've found the cost to deploy an application can quickly exceed the benefits of moving it to the cloud. That's where our technology comes into play for on-boarding to the cloud." Guillory also touches on Racemi's image-based provisioning solutions, DynaCenter software, and how enterprises are going to need the ability to seamlessly provision from their data center to the cloud and back again. Cloud Computing Journal: What overall business problem does Racemi aim to solve? Lawrence Guillory: Racemi's cloud migration software addresses the number one requirement from data center managers who are seeking to move workloads to private or public ... (more)

Nokia’s Qt and the Open Road to Code

With the pending acquisition of Sun by Oracle and speculation over whether a new stream of monetization is about to tarnish and dishonor the good name of open source, industry eyes are watching the open code zone more keenly than ever to try and gauge whether a new playing field is about to surface. Given the burgeoning acceptance of open technologies at the enterprise level, many segments of the IT sector are re-evaluating the way they view open source. The global economic slowdown and the proliferation of user-facing applications such as Firefox have also helped shape the new attitudes coming to the fore. Open Source Magazine talks exclusively to Benoit Schillings, Chief Technologist for Nokia’s Qt Software (originally Trolltech) to get an insight into the strategic development of the company’s open approach to its cross platform application framework. Open Sourc... (more)

CA Should Offer the CEO Job to Ken Cron

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali The round of applause that greeted the suggestion that Ken Cron be promoted from Interim CEO to full CEO of Computer Associates International (renamed as CA as one of the first action items by John Swainson) left a smile on the face of Chairman Lewis Ranieri at the company's annual shareholder meeting in 2004. Ken had one of the toughest jobs any CEO can imagine: that of following Sanjay Kumar and Charles Wang. Yet under Cron's leadership CA's net income returned to the black after three consecutive years of losses and under very difficult circumstances. Of course later the full time job went to John Swainson, IBM's WebSphere chief, who announced his retirement from his post at the end of 2009 and at the age of 52. The Canadian press of course applauds Swainson as having been the savior of CA. I had a breakfast meeting with Ken not t... (more)

SOASTA Named "Bronze Sponsor" of World's Largest Cloud Computing Event

SYS-CON Events announced today that SOASTA, the leader in cloud testing, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of 5th International Cloud Computing Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com), which will take place April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. SOASTA also recently received $10 million in Series C funding as it prepares its global expansion in 2010. "Leveraging the Cloud to test websites is a game changer for our customers," says SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos (http://tomlounibos.ulitzer.com). Read Tom Lounibos's insightful article "Why Has Web Testing Failed Us?" Cloud Expo was announced on February 24, 2007, the day the term "cloud computing" was coined. That same year, the first Cloud Expo took place in New York City with 450 delegates. This coming April, Cloud Expo is returning to New York City with more than 5,000 delegates and over 100 sponso... (more)

Opinion: Who Made Amazon the Judge of What's Legal on the Web?

[This post originally appeared on Joseph Galarneau's blog and is republished here in Cloud Computing Journal (www.CloudComputingJournal.com) by kind permission of the author.] When you visit Newsweek.com, the words you read started their journey milliseconds earlier from an Amazon.com datacenter somewhere in northern Virginia. And if you visited Wikileaks.org earlier this week, the bytes comprising leaked U.S. embassy cables would have traveled a similar path from Amazon servers based in northern California or Ireland. While WikiLeaks and Newsweek are very different organizations, we both relied on the 21st century equivalent of the printing press – cloud computing – to distribute our information. Amazon shut off WikiLeaks servers Wednesday, citing the company’s violation of Amazon rules, coincidentally at the same time government officials called for similar action... (more)

Okta Seeks to Accelerate Secure Adoption of Cloud Apps

"Enterprises everywhere are realizing the inherent benefits of running their core IT services in the cloud,” said Todd McKinnon, most recently VP of Engineering at Salesforce.com from 2003 to 2009, and now CEO of the on-demand identity and access management service, Okta. "This shift fundamentally requires them to rethink their IT infrastructure and how their employees access it," McKinnon added. "Okta," he continued, "is the only enterprise class, on-demand service purpose built to help customer secure and manage their entire cloud services network and the people who need access to it, with no professional services required." McKinnon was commenting on the day that he and his team launched a new on-demand service to accelerate the secure adoption of Cloud Apps. Pandora, LiveOps, Enterasys, FusionStorm, and AMAG Pharmaceuticals are the first to roll out Okta identity... (more)

11th Cloud Expo: A–Z of Big Data & Cloud Computing Topics

What's "Cloud 2.0"? Who's behind "SHadoop"? Why is the Cloud so important to the Big Data boom? Are you turning your data into dollars? Which cloud model is right for your company? Register to attend 11th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley and get your questions answered November 5–8. Here's what you can look forward to, expressed numerically: 1 Convenient Venue – Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA 2 Interlocking Themes – Cloud Computing & Big Data 4 Content-Packed Days – November 5–8, 2012 6 Industry Keynotes 8 Distinct Parallel Tracks 174 Breakout Technical & Strategy Sessions 203 Expert Speakers & Panelists 90,000 Square Feet of Expo Floor and 1 Not-To-Be-Missed Opening Night Welcome Reception on Nov 5 ! The event is co-located with 2nd International BigDataExpo. Registration includes both events. Whether you are a large enterprise, a growing busines... (more)

Oh God, Another Phone, This One from Facebook

Despite Mark Zuckerberg’s many denials and his public repudiation of such a strategy, if rumors published lately in the very nicest places are true, we are on the verge of an optimized Android-based Facebook phone that boots directly to Facebook when it’s turned on. Naturally enough it’s supposed to exploit Facebook and is targeted mainly outside the US so those laggards in Brazil and India can be monetized. Facebook is expected to announce the moderately priced touchscreen phone Thursday and say it’s made by HTC using a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a gig of memory, a 4.3-inch screen and a five megapixel camera. What would be really novel is if the phone worked like an old-fashioned land line did back in the blessed days of the AT&T monopoly, but of course practically nobody who uses a cell phone these days can remember that halcyon era when phones actually wor... (more)

Microsoft's Ballmer: "I See Nothing But Opportunity"

Steve Ballmer presented a lengthy keynote and partner session at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis. Below is the complete transcript of the session. Steve Ballmer It is my honor, privilege, excitement, to be here with you today. For all the things I do -- and many of you have had a chance to hear this many times as I travel the world -- but everything I get to do working for Microsoft, there's one thing that's most energizing for me -- one thing, one thing -- meeting with our partners. And you say, this guy gives this line to every audience he meets with. Nooo. What's special about this group? What gets me particularly pumped up? What is particularly exciting? Our partners are a unique blend, you are, of two elements. Number one, you've made a bet on us. You believe in us, you want us to win, you need us to win. You're kind of like employees... (more)